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Air Patrol Squadron plans Rutland open house, June 20

RUTLAND- The Rutland Composite Squadron, local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house on Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Rutland Airport located off Route 7 in North Clarendon.

According to Steven Rabideau, squadron commander, the entire community is welcome to attend this free event and learn more about CAP and the local aviation community.

Members of the squadron will be present to greet visitors and explain CAP's missions for America.

The open house is designed to create a greater awareness of CAP's presence and contributions and stimulate interest in leadership and aerospace opportunities for young people and adults.

Visitors will be able to meet CAP pilots, cadets, and senior members as well as see airport displays of CAP and other civilian aircraft including several homebuilt experimental planes by members of the Rutland EAA Green Mountain Flyers chapter.

An FAA official will also be present a talk about the exciting new FAA Sport-Pilot Certificate for anyone interested in learning how to fly. The Sport Pilot route to flying, which started in 2004, is making VFR (Visual flight Rules) flying more achievable and affordable for average Americans with a legal driver's license.

Scenic flights over Rutland will be available (for a fee)-weather permitting. Vermont's NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassador will be present with a small display about the futuristic Mars ARES robot aircraft. Colorful ARES paper airplane plans will be available free to boys and girls.

CAP cadets will be on hand to prepare and sell hot dogs and hamburgers, along with cold beverages, to help raise funds for the cadet leadership programs.

LOCATION: The event will be held at the Rutland CAP headquarters at the Rutland Airport located just west of the main terminal building.

PARKING: Free.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 67 years.

For more information, call 802-388-6397 (ask for Lou), or visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.

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